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MA Fine Art

Course Description

The MA Fine Art , provided by the School of Arts and Humanities at University of Suffolk, is a unique full or part time programme for art and design practitioners across a range of disciplines working or planning to work in arts oriented professional fields.

This is a practice-based programme promoting a student-centred experience, with the emphases of the course changing year on year in response to the different profiles of its cohorts, but always maintaining a focus on the three interrelated principles of skills, concepts and contexts. The course recognises that the role of the student and the creative practitioner is constantly evolving and that educational experience and creative practice necessarily confront interests which do not necessarily coincide. Debate, discourse and intellectual argument will be provoked and encouraged, bringing to the fore some of the inevitable conflicts which arise through differences of values, beliefs and ways of working and learning.

The MA Fine Art is designed to enable students’ career development, supporting their pursuit of a variety of professional arts by means of self-employment or employment in relevant arts, design and /or educational contexts. This may mean working as organisers, promoters, facilitators, formal or informal educators and teachers, enablers, entrepreneurs, community arts workers, administrators, curators, project managers and/or researchers in arts-oriented organisations.

A firm belief in the potential of all students to prosper and to take charge of their learning journey in an environment of support, inspiration, challenge and respect underpins the course ethos.

Content and Modules

Research Methods
Concepts and Contexts in Practice
Professional Development
Independent Practice
Dissertation/ Exhibition Research Project

The course is constructed to allow students to undertake each of the three levels individually, or to make up the full Masters award. This arrangement is particularly suited to those in employment who prefer to remain flexible in modes and level of commitment to postgraduate study.

Modules at Certificate Level

At Certificate Level students are required to take two modules:

Research Methods (20 credits)

Concepts and Contexts in Practice (40 credits)
Modules at Diploma Level

At Diploma level students are required to take two modules:

Professional Development (20 credits)
Independent Practice (40 credits)

Modules at Masters Level

Modules at Masters Level students engage in a Dissertation/Exhibition Research Project (60 credits), constituting a major piece of investigative work

Visit the MA Fine Art page on the University of Suffolk website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A relevant Bachelors degree of a minimum 2:2 classification in a relevant Art and Humanities discipline or a recognised equivalent. Mature students may be allowed non-standard entry, if they have sufficient depth of knowledge and understanding in the subject specialism, and longstanding engagement in the subject. We accept students with a wide range of educational and relevant work experiences and recognise a variety of qualifications. Relevant work may be, or have been in any one or more of the following organisations or fields: Arts, galleries and museums organisations, education and enterprise

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